The title of this book caught me as I was looking for a fantasy book to buy. It is a very interesting book, as it is from orcs point of view. Very rare find indeed since most fantasy books portray orcs to be a bunch of ruthless, bloodthirsty, low-intellect creatures which focus solely on the destruction of others. In this book, we are given the insight on the society of orcs, their dream to escape their endless curse of fighting and slavery, honour and integrity between their kind and above all the story of their flight to preserve their way of life.
This is the 3rd Terry Pratchett’s book that I read, the first one being the Color of Magic while the 2nd one is The Bromeliad Trilogy. I always wanted to read more of TP’s books judging from all those interesting buzzes and comments on his magical discworld but never get the chance of doing so (plus I was so caught up with some other authors such as Robert Jordan, George RR Martin and Robin Hobb to name a few).The story revolves around a historical battle between dwarves and trolls some hundred years ago in a place called Koom Valley. With the battle’s anniversary looming around the corner, both sides are getting edgier by the second. The situation worsens with the death of Hamcrusher, dwarf most prominent figure, while a used troll’s club lying conveniently at the murder scene. It may seem like a no-brainer mystery, so it is up to Ankh-Morpok City Watch Commander’s Samuel Vines ( quote: the straightest guy around but not the sharpest knife in the drawer) with his assorted band of police officers (werewolf, dwarves, trolls, humans and vampire) to prevent Ankh-Morpok from becoming the next Koom Valley. I enjoy reading Thud! very much. It is filled with jokes, satire, interesting and colourful characters. Most of the characters are reoccurring characters from TP previous novels but it doesn’t stop new readers from enjoying it. Thus, my third plunge into TP’s world was not for naught. Can’t wait to get my hand on the rest of his novels
It is a story on how a con man escaped the noose and was given second chance to redeem himself by becoming the currently defunct Ankh Morpork Post Office’s Postmaster. Being the-fastest-man-to-get-out-of-town-in-the-fist-sign-of-trouble kind of man, Moist von Lipwig tried to run away from the responsibility but alas, was caught by his parole officer, a golem by the named of Mr. Pump (Who kindly remind him that he has an appointment with the Patrician tomorrow morning and the post office will be open an hour after). Moist doesn’t like the prospect and believe it is not his true nature to be working civilly as a government officer. After being a con man for so long with so many façade, it will take the true Moist von Lipwig (with the assistance of other colourful characters, of course) to change the dysfunctional Post Office into a thriving establishment and thus a journey of a condemned to die-by-hanging man to Ankh Morpork most outstanding citizen.Going Postal is very entertaining and I enjoyed it immensely. As usual, TP thrown in a lot of jokes, satire and parodies which are so blend in with the story that there is not a page gone by without me laughing out loud. I really enjoy the jokes that TP did on collectibles items such as pins (collected by true ‘pinheads’), stamps (latest fad in collectibles) and even the noose (in which the hangman mentioned to be more valuable if it signed by the victim himself) . Despite laughing and enjoying recurring characters, hat off to TP for enriching discworld by creating new and interesting characters such as Stanley and Mr Tiddles, to name a few.All and all, Going Postal is a great book.